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1000 Butterfield Road
Aurora, IL 60502

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(630) 897-6936
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Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
October 23, 2015
Excellent longtime teachers throughout this school. Spanish, Biology, English, History, Mathematics, and Theology staff are especially impressive. Your son will definitely enjoy the monks as well. Fr. Patrick, Fr. Paul, and Fr. Sean are brilliant, well-spoken, intelligent men of God who were a pleasure to study under.

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Amount of homework: Just right
October 23, 2015
There was a considerable amount of homework. It will be difficult as well. It will be harder if you do a sport. HOWEVER, for all the work that one puts into this, you will get so much more in return. The quality education will lead to good colleges and scholarships as well. Your son's high ACT/SAT score will put his peers in other schools to shame, and when your son enters the college of his dreams, and one day, he will turn and thank you for sending him to Marmion. Despite high workload.

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Develops grit: Strongly agree
October 23, 2015
Marmion is a tough school, but the brotherhood is an encouraging one. Its goal to build young men is well-met through the tough, determined faculty and teachers who put their heart and soul into teaching every day. It's clear they love their jobs and they encourage students to try their best and work their hardest. Competition is huge, especially in the all-male environment. With little distractions in the classroom, students are very focused and determined. 10% of my class went on to join the military afterwards, most of them as officers in the Army, Navy, and Marines. The school is deeply patriotic and while it does not openly recruit students for the military, it certainly gives students a level of mental toughness should they choose the path of the warrior scholar down the road.

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Develops respect: Strongly agree
October 23, 2015
The JROTC program is especially adept at instilling respect in the students and faculty like Mr. Jim Newport and Mr. Anthony Tinerella, as well as the Director of the LEAD program are also quite capable in this respect. It builds on the strong foundations which parents strive to set at home.

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Develops empathy: Agree
October 23, 2015
This is a school for young men. It doesn't breed politically correct crybabies. It instills discipline, but at the same time, fosters a strong sense of community, offers Campus Ministry and outreach opportunities, and strongly encourages volunteerism. Ultimately, it produces better citizens for every community that the students are involved there thereafter.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
October 23, 2015
The commitment to integrity, in academics and beyond, is a constant. The student body, most of which come from strong family backgrounds, enhances Marmion's core values and students are routinely recognized for their integrity and character. I recall many ethics lessons and I believe Marmion's faculty was very fair and understanding. Even when I caused trouble as a student, and I did from time to time, staff like now Headmaster Mr. Tinerella dealt with me quite fairly and treated me like a man. I always respected that and I appreciate now more so in retrospect.

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October 23, 2015
As a Marine Officer going on my second tour, Illinois alum (2011), and Marmion (2007), I often point back to Marmion for both Marines returning to Chicagoland with their families as well as my friends intending on raising their boys anywhere near the Fox River Valley. Marmion's strong academic curriculum was a foundation for my success in college, in the military, and in multiple areas of my life. The opportunities provided to me by the academics, the athletics, and the many clubs and events allowed me to grow as a man, as a Christian, and as a leader. Certainly it was expensive, but now those summers spent working off tuition in the pine tree farm & all those spaghetti dinners were clearly worth it as I got a free ride through college with scholarships and opportunities to grow that I am convinced I wouldn't have found anywhere else in the area. The fraternal character of Marmion is a real difference maker and many of my fellow alumni friends are successful individuals in a variety of professions. The JROTC program is especially effective due to personalities like MAJ Mark Emerson and SGM Gissel who instill discipline in the new cadets. The support staff are particularly adept individuals who were excellent influences and the teaching staff is excellent, whether I realized it at the time or not. If you have a son who you want to have a solid Catholic education (after all many of the monks and teachers have PhDs, Juris Doctors, etc) and you want them to get involved in a community and go to a great college, here is where you make that investment. It is not a reform school, like others have pointed out, and those kids that grew up with poor influences will still have an uphill battle since you can lead of horse to water but you can't make him drink. The high ACT/SAT and scholarship awards speak for themselves, but the level of maturity, independence, and discipline that is instilled in these young men really sets this place apart from the other quality schools in the area. I'm sure your son will be concerned about the lack of women at the school, but with double the school dances, opportunities to meet the young ladies of Rosary, the sister school, in athletics, the band, the plays, clubs, and beyond; your son will find he has a network of friends and contacts spreading across many towns and plenty of social opportunities. SEND YOUR SON HERE.

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January 14, 2014
We could not have made a better investment in our son than his Marmion education. We feel confident from witnessing his growth that he is not only prepared to be accepted by an excellent university, but he will also do well in completing his college education honorably. We are very grateful for the Marmion staff. Thank you for getting to really know our son and investing in him too. It is very comforting to be able to encounter a member of the staff at any time and be able to hear about our son from people who actively know and care about his progress. We are also very grateful for the detailed religious education he is receiving. This has grown him into a man who is able to speak intelligently to anyone with proper references and strong moral code. Our son is surrounded by like-minded boys of good character. There is a fraternal essence that empowers them. We are relieved to find that most of the boys are serious college bound students from solid parental involvement, not the reform school needy that public school parents warned us about. Overall, we can not recommend Marmion enough.

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June 04, 2013
It's great for Catholic males of high school age. Others...not so much. Props for its JROTC.

- submitted by a student

January 24, 2012
If after all said and done...why are people posting here have wrong grammar? If you are looking for an excellent education and unmatched outcome, utilize the knowledge you gained from this school. How will I be convinced that this school is great if former students cannot edit their own comment? In fairness, the school is a good school.

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July 29, 2011
Marmion is a great school. It provides an excellent education and more. The "more" is a place where your son can have a chance to grow into a great young man. When he finishes Marmion he will be the same good guy you sent there but he will be well educated, have his values set and be ready for his future. Another plus is that most of the guys get dones of scholarships for college and they have options when they graduate!

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September 18, 2009
Marmion is a wonderful school. It has provided the academic foundation for my son when he attends college in the fall.

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July 27, 2009
Marmion is an outstanding school, helping parents raise up sons to become balanced and complete men. After 1500 years, the Benedictine monks have perfected all systems to maximize the potential of young men. Marmion has 12 monks in school [45 in Abbey] and several dozen great lay faculty-- all are outstanding spiritual and 'life value' role models. Very strong academics to all from average to the most gifted. Class size gives unlimited access to all sports and clubs. As a freshman our son learned how to learn, and while he worked hard, he liked the challenge and grew to greatness before our eyes. The 131 class of 2009 graduates earned a total $16,000,000 in college scholarships--your tuition value goes from great to amazing. Military option teaches leadership and discipline, exactly what suburban teenage boys get nowhere else. An amazing school, very near perfect!

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October 13, 2008
As an alum, I can tell you that Marmion is a top notch high school with an average ACT of about 26. This school is known for its outstanding sense of fraternity and for the quality individuals it produces. As a Catholic institution with both a military program (which your son should join, 10% of the class of 07 got into West Point or the Naval Academy or got full ride ROTC scholarships) and a business-oriented leadership program. Their cross country and track programs are particularly strong, as is the school's military drill team (which your son should join if he fancies going to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete on the National Level). The Campus Ministry program is outstanding, as well. Spend the money, send your kid here. It's entirely worth it.

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August 07, 2007
im a student at Marmion Academy and i think that it is the best school going to batavia as a freshmen and then there i felt a huge change in leadership as i did as captain of football team. Since ive been at marmion ive accomplished so much that none of my friends at batavia have and some actually came here. Go Cadets

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July 02, 2007
As a former student and now an alum of Marmion Academy, I can say that Marmion is one of if not the best school in the Fox Valley Area. Marmion is a school that teaches the students good order and discipline, in addition to the standard curriculum. Over all Marmion is a school that will help students in the preparation for college life, and being an adult. That being said the school does not want parents coming to there child s assistance over every little thing, the school is trying to get the child to start to act like an adult and get ready for the real world. Looking back I would not trade my days a Marmion for anything.

- submitted by a student

November 03, 2006
School is out of control.

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March 13, 2006
Academics are great, teachers are mostly priests. If you are non-catholic, don't expect them to go out of their way for you. Sport and art are average, and not really emphasized. College prep mainly.

- submitted by a student

October 27, 2005
Marmion is an unbelievable high school experience for any student interested in a college prep program and an administration interested in producing strong men based in Catholic principals.

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September 23, 2005
This school is superior to almost every high school available to boys within a 50 mile range. The dicipline taught through military excersises, the personal involvement parents are awarded with the staff, and the academic program is exceptional. Most sports and extracurricular activities are available to students in good academic standing. The military training and presentations are handled seriously by the staff, and as a parent I am pleased with this oppurtunity. Many academic and financial need scholarships are available. Marmion welcomes all young men, and uses many factor to determine acceptance.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2004
Outstanding school for high school boys ... if you can find the money for it.

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Marmion Academy is a Roman Catholic high school for young men. It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockford, near I-88 and Kirk Rd in Aurora, Illinois. call for more information: 630.897.6936

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Marmion Academy
1000 Butterfield Road, Aurora, IL  60502
(630) 897-6936
Last modified Marmion Academy is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Marmion Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top